Gem Box® Inkberry Holly

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Tiny Native Evergreen Gem Box® Inkberry Holly

  • Native Alternative to Boxwood
  • Formal Plant Stays Tiny
  • Sophisticated Lance-Shaped Leaves
  • Lustrous Green Foliage with Red Tips in Spring
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant
  • Gorgeous in Containers!
  • Dwarf Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Dense Ball-Shaped Plant
  • Fantastic Small Evergreen Hedge

If you love the evergreen look of Boxwood but want to step out of the pack a bit, try Gem Box® Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra 'SMNIGAB17')! This Proven Winners® plant is long on style, but short in stature. We're sure you'll appreciate it all year round!

It's an easy-care plant that is grown for lustrous foliage, attractive white flowers, and showy winter berries. The new spring grown is tinged with lovely red blush each spring. Maintaining good branching right to the ground, Gem Box® always looks classy and full!

Glossy, lance-shaped leaves bring a year-round dark-green sheen and a high-style look to your garden beds or borders, without the designer price tag! Try them in small containers along a walkway or at your entry.

How to Use Gem Box® Inkberry Holly In The Landscape

Gem Box® Ilex remains neat and tidy, and you'll love using the mounded structural accent in just about any garden bed! These bring a lovely quality to containers and planters.

That steady year-round green just looks so handsome and the dainty dark-green leaves retain that glossy sheen! Fitting into formal beds as well as they do loose country plantings! Evergreen shrubs are amazing facer shrubs to hide the bare legs of your larger foundation plants.

For a solid low hedge, plant them 1 - 3 feet on center. You'll measure from the center of one shrub to the center of the next. As your budget allows, plant them closer together. They'll fill in faster for you!

You can also try a staggered zig-zag to create a mass planting on a slope or large bare patch. The plants will grow to create a low-maintenance groundcover. Adding an amazing designer touch to your landscape!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Gem Box® Inkberry Holly will tolerate several hours of shade a day. That makes it even more versatile to use near ornamental trees, patios, and foundations. It also performs beautifully in full sun all day long!

Gem Box® is an excellent alternative to a Boxwood especially in those areas that do not have as well-drained soils. This native plant will appreciate regular water, so set up drip irrigation to keep things really easy for yourself.

Just keep it weeded and fertilized with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer in spring and mid-summer and you'll enjoy that inviting color all year round.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Every garden bed needs a strong, architectural anchor, and charming little Gem Box® Inkberry Holly fills the spot perfectly! Order enough to complete your project from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Gem Box® Inkberry Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Ilex glabra 'SMNIGAB17'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Green (Red tips on new growth in the Spring)
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Fruiting Time Late Summer, Fall
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No
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